Printing Materials

Print with a variety of materials

Marion Systems’ 3D Printers use standard filament sizes. We do not put electronic metering devices or DRM-style electronics on our machines nor the filament we offer and recommend. We vet many suppliers to find the filament that works the best in our machines and allows you to create the best quality parts consistently and reliably.

We officially support three materials currently: PLA, ABS, and Nylon 618. We are consistently testing new materials and add official support as they meet our testing requirements. However, if you are interested in a particular material, we can assist you in troubleshooting and finding good settings.

ABS: Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene

A very common plastic used in 3D printing. ABS has good impact resistance, heat resistance, and strength. It is recommended for use in mechanical prototypes, and any object that may need to withstand higher temperatures. Additionally, natural ABS is easy to finish with sanding and painting.

PLA: Polylactic Acid

A renewable plastic, PLA is made from corn. It exhibits excellent strength, has a glossy finish when 3D printed, and is a good all-purpose 3D printing material. It does melt at lower temperatures compared to other plastics, and as such it is not good for applications requiring a fair amount of heat resistance.

Nylon 618

Nylon 618 from Taulman3D is an excellent material that can make very tough parts. When used in thin sections, it is extremely flexible. In thicker sections, nylon becomes very strong. Additionally, standard machine tools, like end mills, taps, and dies can be used on nylon 3D printed on Marion Systems machines, enhancing the possibilities for tighter final tolerances, and minimal production expense.

Marion Systems will soon offer filament through an online storefront.

In the meantime, you can order filament from us by calling (770) 559-1520 or sending an email to orders@marionsystems.com.

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